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Miami Moves Back Into Third Round For CB Will Davis

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Shrewd dealing allows Dolphins to add secondary depth.



You can never have enough cornerbacks in today’s NFL, and that’s why the Miami Dolphins jumped back into the back end of the third round to take Utah State’s Will Davis.

Miami General Manager Jeff Ireland traded one of hiss three fourth-round picks (109th overall), one of his three fifth-rounders (146th overall), and one of his two seventh-rounders (224th overall) to the Green Bay Packers for their 93rd selection. He spent the last two seasons in the Western Athletic Conference after transferring from junior college and broke out with five interceptions last season to go along with 64 tackles (46 solo).

“He’s another prototypical cornerback that can play inside and outside,” Ireland said. “He’s a very skilled athlete but doesn’t have a lot of experience having been through the junior college route. He really came on the scene this year, played at the Senior Bowl and we had a really good look at him there. We’re looking forward to him developing fast.”

Davis joins Boise State’s Jamar Thomas as the two cornerbacks taken by the Dolphins today and now they have five picks left tomorrow (104th, 106th, 164th, 166th and 250th), which equates to two fourth-rounders, two fifth-rounders and a seventh. He had been in talks with the team throughout the process but when Fletcher went to Miami earlier in the third round Davis grew concerned.

“I was shocked,” said Thomas, who started at De Anza College in the junior college level after the football program at Western Washington was cut during his redshirt freshman season. “I had a good feeling about the Dolphins but once they made their other pick and had no more picks I was just waiting, but I always felt the Dolphins for some reason.”

Though his stature could be a concern at 5-foot-11 and 186 pounds, Davis has a solid frame and quick feet to go along with a decent wingspan and a nose for the ball. He was named first-team All-WAC last season with 17 pass breakups and 4.5 tackles for loss and he also returned one interception for a touchdown.

Even though he could be considered a bit raw at his position, Davis’ upside was too hard for Ireland to ignore so he quickly packaged those three picks to get back into that third round. That was another example of the conviction he had about the player.

“We had a couple of players there (in the third round) and when you have a couple of players you feel like there’s value there that you know you’re going to get one you do it,” Ireland said. “So we traded back, picked up an additional fourth, saw some corners go off there and I felt like we needed to go back in there and get him, so that’s what happened. We lost a couple of players on our board at that point and I felt like we needed to go back in there and get him.”

Davis has a pretty good idea why the Dolphins coveted him enough to make that trade back into the third round and he’s eager to bring his talents to the practice field to prove to them that they made the right choice in going after him.

“Ball skills. That’s one thing that I think I have above a lot of people is my ball skills, high pointing the ball,” Davis said. “I know my Pro Day showed it, the Combine showed it. I’m just athletic and very natural to the game. I’m very fluid, a fluid player, and I’m a quick learner.”

His learning will begin in earnest at next week’s rookie mini-camp.
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